Cities are funny places. We need buildings and roads, concrete and density, but crave green spaces. And once that green space is gone, it’s pretty hard to get it back. But imagine if there was a way to transform a concrete corner in to a pop-up park? There’s pop-up stores, so why not pop-up green spaces to remind us all of the importance of nature not only to our communities, but to our souls?
I grew up rural. Country. Farmland and woods. You could see our closest neighbour’s house, but it would take you 10 minutes to walk there. I spent my youth prowling through woods, building fantasy castles on ponds with moss and leaves and stones. I could escape into the farmer’s fields surrounding our house for hours on end, or walk through the forest building stick forts to hide in. And I still miss it today. I still love forest walks, seeing dappled sunlight on a clearing or smelling the rich peppery ferns in a grove. I still know which plants make the best ceilings for houses (Queen Anne’s Lace flowers in an igloo shape = totally magical) and which berries are safe and not so safe to gorge on. (more…)
Are you at loose ends this weekend? This sounds like a fantastic Green event for you Toronto folk – the LiveGreen Toronto Festival at Yonge and Dundas square, this Saturday from 11-8 pm. There will be a green Street Market, a fun Kids Zone, A Swapsity Swap zone, super informative and interactive presentations on the community stage and super fun and danceable entertainment on the main stage. Lots more information on their website – hop on a subway and come on down for a fun green afternoon!
Last weekend was just so gorgeous. Sunny and warm and beautiful. This summer (yes, I’m calling it summer already) almost feels like it’s too good to be true, after last winter’s misery. But it’s already going so fast – it’s June! My sorels are barely dry and there’s still a pile of hats and scarves at the front door because I feel like it’s tempting fate to put them away. (more…)
We’ve spent the last six months doing our best not to go outside whatsoever unless absolutely necessary. But now that the nice weather is here, we can’t wait to get outside and explore. It’s such a wonderful way to spend time as a family, away from work and devices and distractions. Plus, it teaches our city slicker kid how important it is to connect with nature. Since we’re new to this city, we have a lot of super fun and interesting places to check out. Last weekend our explorations took us to Riverdale Farm in Toronto. What a gem! (more…)
I spent the day at the Green Living Show in Toronto yesterday – also known as Nirvana for green geeks, homebuilders, fashionistas and more – and had loads of great chats with fellow eco-minded individuals and vendors. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come (just a quick post because I’m heading back today – and so should you! Get your tickets online!) (more…)
Hiho, Toronto folk: The weekend of May 1-4 will bring to you the inaugural Green + Good Market, a collaborative natural beauty pop-up hosted by Fresh Faced and Health Hut. (more…)
Spring means it’s time for the Green Living Show in Toronto! This is the premier eco-show in Canada, with over 400 exhibitors, 5 main stages and loads of fun. Hosted at the cavernous Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, this show will not only feature tons of new products and innovations in the eco-space, you will also find something for absolutely everyone in your family from the youngest to the youngest at heart. (more…)
Over the years at ecochick.ca, there’ve been a few brands that keep showing up. They’re here because they are awesome, firstly, and secondly they illustrate what we try to live here: Be innovative, be stylish, and still be easy on raw materials and natural resources. (more…)